CSExtra – Wednesday, October 10, 2012
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Wednesday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. The SpaceX Dragon closed in on a rendezvous with the International Space Station early Wednesday. Could British singer Sarah Brightman be headed for a visit to the International Space Station? Was the gift of two Hubble class spacecraft to NASA by the secretive National Reconnaissance Agency a blessing, or a financial burden. Austrian Felix Baumgartner’s attempt at a record parachute jump is postponed. In a pair of essays, experts examine the state of U. S. commercial spaceflight. The big bang theory, a conspiracy? The European Union and China will meet to unsort differences over global satellite navigation system frequencies. NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover spots a bright object. India test fires propulsion hardware for a future Mars mission. The U. S. and Japan mark two decades of cooperation in human spaceflight.
1. From Spaceflightnow.com: Dragon, the SpaceX commercial freighter launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., late Sunday, closed in on a rendezvous with the International Space Station early Wednesday. The website offers updates. www.spaceflightnow.com.
2. From Space.com: The website anticipates clarification today on whether British singer Sarah Brightman will join the short list of people who travel to the International Space Station as paying space flight participants. http://www.space.com/17960-sarah-brightman-space-tourist.html
3. From Nature.com: NASA will formally assess mission options for a pair of Hubble class reconnaissance satellites donated by the secret National Reconnaissance Agency. The report, with cost implications for astronomy missions, is due NASA Administrator Charles Bolden in April. http://www.nature.com/news/the-telescopes-that-came-in-from-the-cold-1.11511?WT.ec_id=NEWS-20121009
4. From Discovery.com via Space.com: Austrian Felix Baumgartner’s bid to establish a record with a leap by parachute to Earth from 120,000 feet on Tuesday is postponed by strong surface winds. The leap site is Roswell, N. M. http://news.discovery.com/space/supersonic-attempt-aborted-121009.html#mkcpgn=rssnws1
5. Two essays from The Space Review assess the state of U. S. commercial advances in space, and who deserves credit.
A. In “Commercial spaceflight gets down to business,” TSR editor Jeff Foust finds the launching late Sunday of the SpaceX Commercial Resupply Services-1 mission to the International Space Station an indication of a significant transition for the U.S. commercial space industry. The three week mission signals a return of U. S. cargo delivery and return capabilities lost as NASA’s space shuttle retired in mid 2011 as well. http://www.thespacereview.com/article/2168/1
B. In “Perception vs. reality in NASA’s commercial crew and cargo program,” Christopher Stone, a Washington commercial space policy analyst, finds the Obama Administration’s claim of responsibility for the successes of a commercial space transition underpinned by plenty of Republican legislative initiatives and bipartisan support. http://www.thespacereview.com/article/2166/1
6. From The Huffington Post: In commentary, SETI astronomer Seth Shostak challenges a political assertion that the big bang theory is part of a conspiracy. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/seth-shostak/science-from-hell_b_1948633.html?utm_hp_ref=science&utm_source=buffer&buffer_share=61f19
7. From Space News: The European Union and China plan a December meeting to unsort differences over frequencies supporting their global navigation satellite systems. http://www.spacenews.com/military/121009-eu-china-dec-mtg-nav-dispute.html
8. From Wired News: NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover spots a bright object close to the rover in Gale Crater. It’s likely a shiny piece of plastic from Curiosity, say experts.
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/10/curiosity-bright-plastic/ 9. From The Times of India: India reports a test firing of rocket propulsion systems developed for a future Mars mission. Launch of the orbital science mission is scheduled for late 2013.
10. From Spacepolicyonline.com: The U. S. and Japan mark two decades of cooperation in human spaceflight.
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